Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island is a “drumstick” shaped barrier island (16miles/26 km) on the western side of the main pass at Mobile Bay about 48 km (30 miles) south of Mobile, Alabama. The relationship between the east end of the island and the ebb tidal delta, referred to as the “Sand Island/Pelican Island” complex, is extraordinarily dynamic and complex.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

Our Ocean Backyard - Collected Essays; A Book by Gary Griggs

Our Ocean Backyard - Collected Essays; A Book by Gary Griggs

For the three billion people on Earth who live in coastal regions, the ocean is figuratively, if not literally, "our backyard." The oceans enrich our lives in countless ways, but our interactions with them have not always been positive. Gary Griggs, a coastal geologist and oceanographer, is known for making science understandable, enjoyable, and accessible to non-scientists, was asked to write a bi-weekly column, "Our Ocean Backyard" for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost is an image from David Kassman.

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

To those of us who visit beaches only in summer, they seem as permanent a part of our natural heritage as the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. But shore dwellers know differently. Beaches are the most transitory of landscapes, and sand beaches the most vulnerable of all.

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

"The Last Beach" is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: ©© Bastian

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Plastic Oceans

Inform, Pollution
Jan
20

Sir David Attenborough talks about plastic and tells us the hard truths about it’s use and the cost to the environment.

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Rare Shorebirds Threatened By Trapping in China

Endangered spoon-billed sandpipers arriving at their wintering grounds in China are being threatened by nets designed to trap shorebirds.

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Green Approaches to Water Gaining Ground Around World

News, Sandy Storm
Jan
19

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the northeast of the United States, millions of New Yorkers were left for days without electricity. But they still had access to drinking water, thanks to New York City’s reliance on protected watershed areas for potable water.

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Fisheries Another Victim of Japan Tsunami

The devastating earthquake that ravaged Japan in 2011 may have also wreaked havoc on vital fisheries, researchers say.

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Shell’s plans in Arctic at risk; call for halt to oil exploration

News, Pollution
Jan
19

The entire future of Shell’s drilling plans in the Arctic was put in doubt on Friday after two of Barack Obama’s most trusted advisers called for a permanent halt to oil exploration.

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University of Vermont Joins Other Colleges in Banning Bottled Water

News, Pollution
Jan
18

The University of Vermont recently became America’s largest public institution to enact a campus-wide ban on plastic water bottles. If more colleges and universities ban plastic water bottles on their campuses, the bottling industry may be forced to seek other markets.

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Record High Radiation Found in Fukushima Fish: TEPCO

A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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A Look at the Challenges of Rebuilding the Jersey Shore

News, Sandy Storm
Jan
18

Pr Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University in NC, where the coastline has been battered by hurricanes for many years, talks about beach nourishment, the perils of rebuilding along the Jersey shore, and some mitigation measures the state is looking at…

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Cost of West Coast Marine Debris Cleanup Exceeds $500 Million Annually

Inform, Pollution
Jan
18

According to a recent EPA-sponsored study, the annual cost of marine debris cleanup programs on the west coast of the U.S. is likely more than a half a billion dollars.

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Experts Urge Caution As $50 Billion In Sandy Aid Passes House

News, Sandy Storm
Jan
18

The House of Representatives passed a bill this week to spend $50 billion to help states struck by Hurricane Sandy. Several billion dollars are pegged for projects to reduce risk of future storms, and this alarmes some scientists who studied what happens to structures built along coastlines…

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